£5,000 grants to help rural businesses bounce back
Press Release - £5,000 grants to help rural businesses bounce back
£5,000 grants to help rural businesses bounce back
Grants of up to £5,000 are now available to help businesses in rural parts of Somerset bounce back after the coronavirus pandemic.
The Rural Services Grant Fund is part of a £6m package of funding from Somerset County Council which aims to kickstart the county’s economy.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on many rural communities in Somerset. The £5,000 grants (up to 80% of project costs) are now available to assist service businesses in rural areas to help them move forward and become more sustainable. A business will need to provide 20% of their own match funding.
Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Economy, Planning and Community Infrastructure, said: “This has been a really tough 18 months for our rural businesses and we’re committed to helping them get back on track.
“This grant is for items that will help a business provide further services or enhance their trading – so to provide an online sales platform or an increased trading space. It’s a great opportunity and I would encourage eligible businesses to step forward and ensure they don’t miss out.”
The application process is open to:
The fund launches today (26 August 2021) and will close at 5pm on 10 September 2021. Initial applications will be treated on a first come, first served basis but we will need time to check eligibility and respond. To apply you will need to complete an Expression of Interest form which can be found at Somerset Recovery Fund – click on Rural Renaissance Rural Services Grant.
Once your Expression of Interest has been reviewed, if the work is eligible and appropriate, you will be invited to submit a Full Application. This will then require three quotes, further details of the aims/objectives and trading accounts to enable us to assess the project fully.
If you require further information please email your query to RRGrants@somerset.gov.uk.
The scheme is part of theSomerset Recovery Fund – a wider £6m package of funding from Somerset County Council to kickstart Somerset’s economy in the wake of Covid-19.This fund will include financial support for businesses, financial support for individuals and a range of other measures to stimulate the economy and boost the county as it recovers from coronavirus.
Somerset Rivers Authority Report
Dear councillors and residents
I am writing as Chair of Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) to let you know that the SRA’s Annual Report for 2020-21 has just been published. It concentrates on the SRA’s many achievements over the past 12 months and also covers progress on some bigger themes and projects since the devastating floods of 2013-14.
Hundreds of places across Somerset have benefited from extra flood protection and resilience works funded by the SRA. In 2020-21, the SRA spent £3.344 million on actions designed to protect people, properties, businesses and roads, while enhancing local environments, in accordance with the objectives of Somerset’s 20 Year Flood Action Plan.
Everyone in Somerset is affected directly or indirectly by issues with flooding, so the SRA invests in a wide range of actions countywide to reduce flood risks and increase local resilience when floods do occur.
I have attached two copies of the Annual Report. The longer version gives a large amount of detail about SRA activities and is helpful for exploring what has been done at a very local level, right down to single fields, ponds, ditches and culverts. It includes around 80 photographs plus other illustrations. The shorter version is more selective, but still very informative and visual.
You can also read the entire text, split up into accessible sections, on the SRA’s website. Start at Somerset Rivers Authority Annual Report 2020-21 - Somerset Rivers Authority
I hope very much that you will enjoy reading the SRA Annual Report 2020-21, whichever version you choose.
If you have any comments or questions, or would like to know more, please contact Somerset Rivers Authority email@example.com or call 01823-355111.
Garden Waste Collections Suspended from 2 August
Somerset Waste Partnership have informed us they will be suspending garden waste collections from 2 August. Please see below link to their website for further information:
Your Parish Council has agreed to explore the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for the parish and would be interested to hear from anyone in the village who may be able to assist with this complex but important project.
The Neighbourhood Plan will become the third tier of planning policy in the parish, the others being the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the South Somerset Local Plan. These two provide the framework of planning policy for the village, the Keinton Mandeville Neighbourhood Plan will provide the fine detail. As such, the Neighbourhood Plan adapts policy so that it meets the particular needs and character of our village.
How you can help. The most important feature of the Neighbourhood Plan is consultation with residents, employers and businesses in, and around, our village. Your support in providing feedback and making your views known will be invaluable. More specifically, we are keen to identify anyone with experience in areas such as planning, housing, employment, transport, history and built heritage, natural environment, hydrology and water management, communications…. And anyone with the organisational, administrative and management skills to gather and transform the evidence base into a coherent plan.
If you think any of this could be you and you would like more information, please contact Neil Bain at firstname.lastname@example.org / 07710 730928.
RECYCLE MORE - introduction of new recycling scheme to South Somerset
At the end of June this year Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) will be introducing its expanded recycling service Recycle More to South Somerset. This follows its successful launch in Mendip in October 2020 where so far it has seen recycling tonnages rise by nearly 20% and tonnages of rubbish fall by a similar amount.
This is an important and exciting change to the way we recycle. Most people in Somerset are recycling. This service will make it easier to recycle even more, helping protect your environment, tackle climate change, and save taxpayers money.
Please see bite sized briefing document below for further information
Keinton Mandeville Parish Council News April 2021
Keinton Mandeville Highways Improvement Scheme Consultation
Somerset County Council are investigating the provision of highway improvements in Keinton Mandeville. This is as a result of a request from County Councillor Dean Ruddle for a Small Improvement Scheme to introduce road safety improvements in the village.
Plans showing the proposed improvements can be seen on our website at: www.somerset.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/small-improvement-schemes-directory
(look for ‘TI004366 - Keinton Mandeville’ in South Somerset district).
The proposed scheme aims to improve compliance with the existing 30 mph speed limit, provide some better crossing facilities for pedestrians and re-align the Queen Street junction, slowing traffic entering from High Street and making it easier for pedestrians to cross.
The scheme would include the following measures:
- Enhancements to the existing 30 mph village gateways on B3153, including improved signing and red coloured surfacing treatment;
- Additional speed limit repeater signs together with new '30' road marking roundels;
- New uncontrolled dropped kerb pedestrian crossings on High Street and Castle Street to assist pedestrians crossing and provide better connectivity, especially for those with prams and buggies and people with vision impairment;
- A refresh of the existing road markings in Queen Street to ensure they are clear and visible, together with a new 'road narrows' sign; and
- Realignment of Queen Street at the High Street junction, slowing traffic entering from the main road and providing better crossing facilities for pedestrians.
The provision of both horizontal and vertical deflections (such as carriageway narrowings and road humps) was investigated in detail, but neither is recommended for inclusion as part of this scheme. The measures now proposed could help the possible introduction of these stronger measures, if confirmed as needed in the future, but these will need careful design to avoid or reduce the disadvantages that they can bring.
If you have any comments, please email email@example.com by 5 April 2021. Feel free to copy in the Parish Council on firstname.lastname@example.org
I am afraid that we may not be able to provide an individual detailed reply to any consultation response, but we will take all comments and views into account when developing our proposals, if there is support for this scheme to proceed.
The next stage will be for us to commission the detailed design of the proposals, where we would be able to consider any issues raised as we progress the design and construction of this scheme.
Great Tree Giveaway
KEINTON ENVIRONMENT GROUP PRESENTS THE GREAT TREE GIVEAWAY
THIS WILL TAKE PLACE ON March 27th (start time will depend on when they are delivered)
Trees to be collected from Copperfields, Queen Street TA11 6EQ
Trees come with a guard and an information sheet / planting guide
First come, first served
There are 950 trees available, with roughly equal numbers of
COMMON CRAB APPLE
MOUNTAIN ASH / ROWAN
Garage Break In
A garage has been broken into between the 19th and the 21st January in Coombe Hill, Keinton Mandevile. The offender/s forced entry via the main garage door.
Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221014582 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.
Covid 19 Volunteers
Are you shielding or unable to get out to collect your prescriptions?We have a group of volunteers who are happy to collect for you from Somerton/Castle Cary or Street, or further away by agreement.
If you have a prescription to collect then please contact Jane Durham on 07421700242 or email@example.com and someone will be in touch with you to make arrangements.
Are you able to volunteer?
We're offering a prescription collection service for residents of Keinton Mandeville from Somerton/Castle Cary or Street. Are you able to volunteer to collect and deliver prescriptions? If so please contact Jane Durham on 07421700242 or firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know that you are able to help
It's possible we may be able to help with other collections/ deliveries. If you need help please get in touch
Do you want to save on your Electric Bill, halt Climate Change and help to build a Community Fund?
Brue Valley Solar Streets is a discounted Solar PV Scheme supported by your Parish Council. It is designed to bring affordable solar panels to your community, so you can help halt climate change and become carbon neutral by 2030. It also helps to build a Community Fund to be used for green projects.
Solar Streets started out in Frome in 2018 when the Council declared a Climate Emergency. IDDEA, a local company, came up with a community scheme where people could save money on Solar Panels by grouping together for the surveys and installations.
Since then the scheme has grown to over 7 current schemes and your neighbours in Bruton & Castle Cary, Wells, and Glastonbury all have schemes, with new ones coming on board in January to March.
For more information go to www.SolarStreets.co.uk/Brue-Valley
**** update 1/2/2021 a zoom session has taken place to discuss this initiative - if anyone is
interested in having the solar PV but missed the session, it was recorded and
is on the website at www.solarstreets.co.uk/Brue-Valley.
Volunteers Sought for Covid Vaccination Programme
The Somerset Covid Vaccination Programme has joined up with Spark Somerset to ask for volunteers to greet and direct people attending the vaccinations centres. Can you help? Could you share and forward this message to your friends and colleagues? The link below takes you to Spark a Change, the volunteering platform for Somerset where you can submit your expression of interest. Any queries? Please email email@example.com
https://www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus/ Somerset County Council Webpage LInk
https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/life-events/coronavirus-support/South Somerset District Council Corona Virus Support Webpage LInk
Please see the notice on our noticeboard tab for TIER 2 guidance
Are you willing to volunteer to deliver orders / collect medicines/ run errands for our self-isolating over 70s and vulnerable members of our community? Please let us know. Call 07421700242. If you are isolated and need help please also call this number and arrangements will be made to find a volunteer for you.
KEINTON STORES ORDERING SERVICE
The service is for villagers over 70 years and for those who are vulnerable and who cannot go out / are self-isolating, particularly if they do not have family or friends to help.
Orders should be placed 9 - 11 am, Monday-Friday. The caller will be advised when our volunteer will deliver the goods.
To order - call 01458 223187
Our volunteers will bring a receipt with the shopping.
We can only accept either - Cash on delivery or direct internet payment to the following account:
THEEPANARAYANAN LTD Sort code: 30 91 91 Acct, No. 37190960
Supplying milk, cheese, butter, yoghurts and eggs all locally produced and delivered to your door. Contact 01458224660 or 07770608079.
Wheathill Benefice Support. Whilst there may not be physical Church Services at this time the churches in Kingweston and Keinton Mandeville remain open for private prayer, and in the next few days, we hope to have some resources available for you in the churches.
There is a weekly email from Wheathill Benefice with a short thought for the week and prayers, if you would like to receive this then please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 07421700242 or 01458223417
If you would like to talk to Jane in confidence then please contact her using the contact details above.
Local Facebook Page: Keinton Mandeville residents (and surrounding locals)
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for information about the virus and how to protect yourself.
For advice on looking after yourself please see the following:
Follow the latest stay at home advice at www.nhs.uk/ conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice
Overview of COVID-19 " what is it? www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
Number of COVID-19 cases in the UK, including the affected areas " information can be found here, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-track-coronavirus-cases
Common questions and answers on COVID-19 including advice for families, prevention, how it s caught and spread, self-isolation, testing and treatment, foreign travel www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ common-questions
What is social distancing? https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing- and-for-vulnerable-people South Somerset s COVID-19 information page https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/your-council/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and- guidance/
This sort of incident could cause undue pressure and anxiety. The NHS Every Mind Matters website has some really simple useful tips and advice to support good mental health " www.nhs.uk/oneyou/everymind-matters
Useful contact numbers:
NHS 111 " only call 111 if you cannot get help online
Education queries "phone the Department for Education on 0800 046 8687
South Somerset District Council - contact us on 01935 462462
Business Support Grants Available in South Somerset
COVID-19: Funding support available for business through lockdown
Funding support is available to businesses in South Somerset due to the national lockdown restrictions that came into effect from Thursday 5th November.
South Somerset District Council are administering two schemes:
Local Restriction Support Grant
Eligible businesses are now able to apply for a business support grant under the Local Restriction Support Grant scheme. Grants are available of up to £3,000 and this will cover the 28 day national lockdown period. The funding will be provided on a rolling 28 day period for as long as the current lockdown restrictions apply.
Under this scheme, support is available for businesses that are legally required to close and are business rate payers. Businesses that have been required to close by Government include:
- Non-essential retail
- Personal Care
- Sports Facilities
A full list of businesses required to close can be viewed on the Government website.
If you own or manage a:
- Pub, cafe or restaurant and have changed your business model during the lockdown period to operate as a takeaway.
- Shop required to close but offer click and collect or online with delivery services. Additionally
- Hotel or accommodation business that continues to provide services only for those who are travelling for work purposes or other exempt purposes.
You are also able to submit application into this scheme.
Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) – Discretionary Grant Scheme
From Monday 23rd November at 12.00pm, eligible businesses will be able to apply for a business support grant under our discretionary scheme. This scheme is designed for:
- Businesses who have lost 25% or more of their normal operating income during the current lockdown period
- Businesses that are required to close but do not have a business rates valuation
- Businesses that mainly supply or trade with businesses required to close, or have experienced significantly reduced customer levels
South Somerset District Council have limited funding available for this scheme and encourage businesses to apply as quickly as possible. Should demand outweigh the amount of funding available, we will be required to operate on a first come first served basis and reserve the right to review the scheme should we feel absolutely necessary.
How do I apply?
Applications for both schemes can be submitted online and can be accessed by visiting www.southsomerset.gov.uk/covidbusinesssupport. You will need to be registered for a basic ‘My Account’ in order to apply and can do that online at www.southsomerset.gov.uk/register.
What will you need?
Businesses will need to provide:
- Latest Business Bank Statement
- An image of your latest business rates bill (Local Restriction Support Grant)
- Evidence of fixed costs, for example lease / rental agreements or a bank statement highlighting outgoings relevant to this application (ARG only)
- Business information including:
- Number of employees
- Type of business
- Contact information
- Information specific to the business (e.g Business Rates reference number)
I applied for a Business Support Grant during the first lockdown. Can I apply again this time?
Yes you can. This is a Business Support Grant that covers the 28 day national lockdown period between Thursday 5th November and Wednesday 2nd December 2020.
How long does it take to process an application and how do I find out if and when I will receive the grant support?
We are expecting a high volume of applications and have reassigned staff to help deal with the expected extra workload. We will work through them as quickly as possible. In addition, the Government may still make changes to the grant scheme and we may have to get back to you for more information.
Once we have all of the information we need to process your application, you will receive a decision and/or a notification of when to expect the grant support payment. During this time, we ask that you are patient and give our team 14 clear days before you follow up your application.
What other support is available for my business?
Further support for businesses can be found on our website: www.southsomerset.gov.uk/covidbusinesssupport.
Council Leader Val Keitch said: “This is clearly a challenging time for all businesses and at South Somerset District Council we are committed to doing all we can to support businesses through the current crisis.
“We’ve acted quickly to try and inform businesses how they can access Government Business Support Grants and I am grateful to the staff at South Somerset District Council for moving swiftly to get processes in place and inform businesses across the district of the help and support they can receive.”
As a District Council, we have implemented many actions from Thursday 5th November for public safety in line with new Covid-19 restrictions.
In addition, South Somerset District Council will continue to work will local community organisations to ensure those who are vulnerable or facing hardship are supported, and facilitate a number of grants to local foodbanks.
The council will also continue to ensure anyone who is homeless or facing homelessness has a safe place to stay.
The Council is also issuing payments to those that are entitled who are required to self-isolate.
For the latest information about Coronavirus in the UK, including how to keep yourself and your community safe, visit the Government website.
If you are facing financial hardship and need support, please contact South Somerset District Council on 01935 462462 or use our online form - https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/life-events/coronavirus-support/who-can-i-speak-to/.
The Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline number, 0300 790 6275, is also live to help you access help you may need, including emotional support, in the current crisis.
Friendly Calls provide a lifeline to isolated Older People
Age UK Somerset has adapted its services to meet the needs of local older people in these uncertain times. Aiming to reach those who are feeling particularly cut-off during self-isolation, the charity has set up a new service to alleviate the sense of loneliness experienced by many especially those shielding alone.
The Friendly Phone Calls service involves each client receiving a regular friendly phone call from a member of Age UK Somerset staff, to check in on them and help them to feel more connected. The regular calls lessen anxiety and offer clients an opportunity to talk about their concerns, allowing staff to signpost them to any other services which may be of further help to them.
This is a vital service for older people during the lockdown, many of whom do not speak to anyone else for days or even weeks.
As more older people register for the service or are referred to the service through partner organisations such as Mind with whom Age UK Somerset works as part of the Somerset Mental Health Alliance, so to meet demand the local charity has now increased the size of the friendly team so anyone over 60 in Somerset or North Somerset can hear a friendly voice on the end of the phone to cheer up their day if they request the free service. To register for these Friendly phone calls you call 01823 345610, email email@example.com or visit the charity s dedicated new website www.ageuksomersetcoronavirus.org.uk